To Scott Howard-Cooper, ESPN.com and Sacramento Bee
From: Joe Smith
Hello, I just read your Webber article on ESPN.com -- cheers, by the way, as it seems to closely resemble this one in the Bee -- and I raced through it so I could e-mail you the opinion that no one in professional sports inspires less sympathy than Chris Webber. A career malcontent who has never achieved in the greatest moment (sorry to sound like Walton), Webber vanished when the Kings had the Lakers on the ropes a few years ago. Without Mini-Me
, that series would have been over a lot sooner.
Like MJ hit that shot against Georgetown and set the tone for succeeding at the highest level, which is not to say he wasn't gonna be just fine on his own, Webber's timeout against Carolina imprinted him with failing at the most crucial moment, even though it was probably the bench's fault.
Now, to be paid the cash that he is -- after his drama-queen wave goodbye to the fans before staying because Sac could pay him more than anyone else in the league -- and to cry about booing is childish and detached from reality.
Maybe they don't win a championship without him, but they don't win one with him, either.
Have a nice day, and keep up the great work.
Thanks for taking the time to write.
Based on my e-mails and fans I talk to at games, a lot of people agreee with you. There is some split opinion--a portion gets mad that anyone would criticize or boo him--but it seems most are frustrated because of his game or off-court decisions.
And don't worry. You didn't sound too much like Walton.